The Earls of Leicester put a modern spin on a Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt classic in their haunting new video for “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town.”
This stellar six-member bluegrass band started out as a tribute to Scruggs and Flatt’s Foggy Mountain Boys. Along with their incredible harmonies, the members infuse elements of gospel and even a little bit of rock and roll into each of their cover tracks. Although each song tells the stories of days gone by, the Earls manage to bring those narratives back into the modern world.
“The lyrics of ‘The Train That Carried My Girl From Town’ speak to a different era of American life,” acclaimed guitarist, producer and dobro player Jerry Douglas tells Wide Open Country. “The words come from a man in a hobo jungle after another steals his girl away. These days the words wouldn’t be politically correct, but they paint a picture that can be cruel and comical at the same time.”
In their new video for “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town,” the band members’ voices take the spotlight – both literally and figuratively.
The sepia-doused footage allows the viewer to focus on the song’s narrative, which tells the story of a broken-hearted man left behind by his lover.
“I mentioned my idea for a film treatment of “Train…” to Adam Jones at Rounder [Records] and he loved it, so we just ran with it,” Douglas explains. “Having one dim light bulb in the room enabled us to feature only the person or persons in the band who were in action at a particular time.”
“The Train That Carried My Girl From Town” is featured on The Earls of Leicester’s latest album, Rattle and Roar. The record follows up their highly-acclaimed self-titled debut, which hit number one on the bluegrass charts in 2014.